The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 4-Petro-Agwé La Flambeau, is comparable to Chesed-the 4th Sephiroth-Mercy, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth-Severity is the vessel of exact judgment and is connected directly to her opposite, Chessed who is where strict judgment is not extracted. In Chesed. In Chesed, the original parameters of a situation are expanded to include or enclose unseen or unacknowledged variables when strict ruled judgment is used. Hence, the self is expanded. Some of the properties of water are elasticity, flowing and enclosing. Water Is the name sake of the loa of the Sea, Agwé as within the symbology of the Golden Dawn, Chesed is the realm of the Sea. The Seas of earth can be called the architects of life on earth, as DNA, first developed in the Oceans, is responsible for all creatures great and small on this earth. Chesed is the Architect on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This may seem a strange comparison of Agwé and Chesed-Mercy, since Agwé is traditionally cast as a captain of an armed ship. However, Great Captains, such as this Important and Great Loa, have often shown mercy to the conquered or the slighted. Therefore, some characteristics of this Sea Loa, will be emphasized to the lessening of others.
Agwé La Flambeau is the "fire of water", a power most visible in volcanic eruptions where magma strikes the Oceans or Seas. Vast columns of stream reveal the boiling seas heating the air while gentle rolling waves become turbulent as if in a tempest. Therefore, the essence of Agwé is often expressed as steam, tying the Sea Loa to the breath of Ogoun La Flambeau. Represented on the card, is Agwé's ship riding upon a sea of molten lava. The ship is seen undamaged even under these extreme circumstances. Hence, the primary attribute of this New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Card, is quick and sudden change, of more benefit than disaster.
When thrown in divination- 4 of Petro implies:
- Union of opposites which may be express itself in marriage.
- The quiet before the storm.
- The unexpected.
- Shifting emotions and/or unexpected shifts.
- A Safe haven constructed after much labor.
The Thoth 4 of Wands represents-Completion.
For those who aren't familiar with spirit, and the Sexual Self, they are one and the same. Spirit is the fiery creative willed energy of Sex, passion, ardor, assertiveness etc. It is the "I Will Be", that is driving all Creation. Therefore, all being comes from a sexual act, and/or a union of opposites. The union of atoms comes from force and form getting together as Electric male energy and Magnetic female energy. Also the wholeness, health and wealth of being comes from the union of male and female, Force and Form.
To separate spirit from sexuality is pure ignorance based on fear producing divisionism and falsehoods that create dysfunction and greatly confused and therefore, make docile slaves of each of us.
To repeat, Chesed is Mercy, and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light". This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the expression of masculine and form is the receptivity of the Feminine, Thus, Chesed and Geburah are really "two sides to one coin". So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, to the two arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
The Four 4's all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
The 4 of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the 4 of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
The 4 of Wands is Chesed influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit/Energy.
The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus. This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Tarot, we must be aware of the Placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings to consider.
First and foremost is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane or root or Muladhara Chakra of Chokma, as it appears in the lowest and/or most condensed of Four Worlds-Assiah-the active world. Thus, the 4's represent the Totality of that which the planetary signs refer.
Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure four (Fire, Air, Water, Earth), in the world of Yod-Fire. So what we have in the 4 of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in the sphere of Mercy-Jupiter-Chesed; The Father who resides below the Abyss. Therefore, this is a dominating influence on all the following cards. as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents.
Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephiroth below the Abyss, making him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power. The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Serphiroth Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.
Upon examining The 4 of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus. The completed and limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimmed circle. To show balance, the 4 flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's. Also being 4, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete, and so entropy will soon begin. From order to disorder, is the flow of energy in this universe. So change is soon expected.
When the 4 of Wands is thrown during a reading:
- It is the key to spiritual and holistic completion.
- It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new.
- The 4 of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
- The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity.
- Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise,
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